Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 4/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (2-0) at Tampa Bay Rays (0-2)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
A Sanchez (0-0) (0.00) vs. J Odorizzi (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -125 / Toronto Blue Jays +115 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
Tropicana Field and the Tampa Bay Rays host AL East rival the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday.
The defending American League East champion Toronto Blue Jays can’t be any happier as they have kicked of 2016 with a 2-0 start after downing Tampa Bay 5-3 on Monday. Starter RA Dickey held the Rays offense in check with all three runs allowed on six hits and a pair of free passes over five frames while four relievers tossed one scoreless inning apiece. The offense came through again with the long ball leading the way. The Jays posted seven hits and walked twice with Josh Donaldson and Josh Thole going solo while Michael Saunders went 2-4 with a homer and a pair of RBI’s. Right hander Aaron Sanchez gets his second career start against Tampa Bay Tuesday. Sanchez looked strong in spring training with a 1.35 ERA covering 20 innings of work.
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The Tampa Bay Rays aren’t going to make their mark by lighting up the scoreboard so they need their pitching to control the scoreboard. The offense never got going and the work on the mound struggled which spelled disaster. Starter Drew Smyly couldn’t keep the ball in the park with three homers served up. Overall Smyly was charged with all five runs on six hits and a base on balls through 6.2 frames to absorb the loss with a trio of relievers putting up zeros. The offense mustered eight hits and four bases on balls but couldn’t keep up on the scoreboard. Steven Sousa slammed a solo homers with Kevin Kermaier going 3-4 with a run driven in and a run scored. The Tampa Bay Rays send Jake Odorizzi to the bump after facing the Blue Jays three times a season ago. Odorizzi can be on or off but generally gives the Rays at least six innings.
The over is 8-1-4 in Toronto last 13 on astroturf and is 12-4-2 in their last 18 overall while going 8-3-1 in their last 12 road games. Tampa Bay are 6-2 in their last 8 home games and the over is 13-5-2 in their last 20 Tuesday games. Toronto are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The Blue Jays won’t win them all but at the plus odds I might put something on them for an interest…